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Disney Confirms 'Slowdown' for 'Star Wars' Movies

Star Wars fans are going to be interested in reading quotes from this interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, who confirmed the franchise would be slowing down.

Specifically, he was asked about releasing Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December of 2017 and releasing Solo: A Star Wars Story just five months later.

“I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna make films,” Bob told THR. “J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.‘s. But I think we’re gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”

The next Star Wars film is slated to be released on December 20, 2019.

Marvel's Loki & Scarlet Witch Are Getting Their Own TV Series on Disney's Streaming Service

Some of your favorite Marvel superheroes are getting their own TV series!

Disney is in the early development stage of producing new limited series centered around popular characters from the Marvel series for their upcoming online streaming service, Variety reports.

These series will likely include shows centered around Loki, Scarlet Witch, and other superheroes who have yet to appear in standalone films. Avengers stars that have already gotten their own movies will not be featured in these series.

Marvel veterans Tom Hiddleston – who has been playing Loki – and Elizabeth Olsen – who has been playing Scarlet Witch – are reportedly expected to reprise their roles for the streaming shows.

The shows will feature six to eight episodes. Marvel Studios will produce the shows and Kevin Feige – President of Marvel Studios – is expected to take a hands-on role in their development.

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Disney Reveals the Oscar Nominations They Want for 'Black Panther'

Disney has put together their “For Your Consideration” list for Black Panther with regards to future Oscar nominations for the 2019 Awards Season.

The list is extensive and the film has been submitted in the following categories:

Best Picture, Best Director for Ryan Coogler, Best Actor for Chadwick Boseman, Best Supporting Actor for Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, Best Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett, among numerous others.

The nominations will obviously not be revealed for several months.

You can see the full list from the For Your Consideration site.

Jack Whitehall to Play Gay Character in 'Jungle Cruise,' Disney Faces Backlash for Casting Straight Actor

Jack Whitehall has been cast in the upcoming Disney movie Jungle Cruise and he reportedly will be playing the first openly gay character in one of the studio’s movies.

The 30-year-old British actor was previously seen in the movie Mother’s Day and he will be featured in the upcoming Disney film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

People are upset about Jack‘s casting as he is a straight actor playing a groundbreaking gay role.

Openly gay actor Mario Cantone is among those speaking out about the casting. He tweeted, “How about an openly gay actor/comedian playing the first openly gay ‘very Camp’ character in a Disney film. Baby steps I guess. F–K BABY STEPS. THIS IS BULLSH-T.”

Liu Yifei in 'Mulan' Live-Action Movie - First Look Photo Revealed!

Production has begun on the upcoming live-action version of the Disney movie Mulan and the studio has shared the first photo of actress Liu Yifei in costume as the title character.

The film will be shooting on location in New Zealand and China.

Mulan is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.

Among the other stars in the film are Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Jet Li as the emperor of China, and Gong Li as a villainous witch.

Mulan, directed by Niki Caro, will be released on March 27, 2020.

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